Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Minor Variations on a Theme

The paperbacks in the A Diary Novel line proved to be rich inspiration for sexploitation film distributors.

Though made in '79, Teen Lust, an indie release, was a retitling of Police Academy Girls, rushed into re-release after 20th Century-Fox's Porky's went through the box office roof.

"You think about it all the time -- and so does she" was the film's marketing hook, which exploited a more modern male fantasy of women wanting sex as much as men did.

Interestingly, Porky's ('81), distributed by a conservative studio, adhered to the traditional take on voyeurism (male/female), reinforcing a tired stereotype...

...while hardcore pornographic writing acknowledged a more contemporary, progressive view of female sexuality.

3 comments:

  1. Porky's was one of those movies I was too young to see and couldn't wait to see when I was able to. Then when I saw that steaming pile of poo, I couldn't understand why there was so much hype to it.

    I love the 'Teen Lust' poster. It is so rare to see female sexuality presented so clearly.

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  2. I've gotta say, I really do like those paperback covers. Something so hot about them; more alluring than a photo of the real thing.

    Perhaps it's so accessible, I find real on- line porn kind of boring. These illustrations seem both innocent and dirty at the same time.

    Or maybe it's just me?

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  3. Anonymous, I agree with you completely. They are incredibly provocative.

    I also find most on-line porn totally dull.

    It has no context.

    These illustrations ARE innocent and dirty; a perfect marriage!

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